The Milan Dome

Top 10 Milan

A few weeks ago, I had the unique chance to visit Milan. I did a tech talk here, at the Codemotion conference and I had a few hours to go around the city. As my time here was limited, I had to prioritize what I want to visit. Here are my top 10 favorite places in Milan.

The Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral, (Duomo di Milano) is located in in the center of the city. It's built in the Gothic style and took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world. Looking at the tall arches and towers you get a religious feeling of greatness, as everything points upwards to the skies and god.

The Milan Cathedral
The Milan Dome
The Milan Cathedral Square

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the oldest shopping mall in Milan. Here is you can find luxury brands like Prada and Gucci. You can enter the "Galleria" though a huge arch. The entrance is in the same crowded square together with the Milan Cathedral. The roof is build out of glass and iron. The attention to detail is amazing.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II entrance
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II interior
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio

Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio

Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio was for many years an important stop for pilgrims on their journey to Rome or to the Holy Land, because it was said to contain the tomb of the Three Magi or Three Kings.

Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, Milan

Basilica di San Lorenzo

In front the church you can see the the statue Constantine the Great. The tall arches in front are impressive! As it was rebuilt several times, the architectural styles mix here.

Basilica di San Lorenzo, Milan
Basilica di San Lorenzo and columns, Milan

Sforza Castle

In the 16th century the Castle was one of the biggest citadels in Europe. Nowadays the are tall walls are surrounding many museums, a cafe and a park. There is a nice fountain at the entrance, where people can rest and eat the amazing Italian gelato!

Sforza Castle, Milan
Sforza Castle Fountain, Milan
Sforza Castle arches, Milan
Sforza Castle arches, Milan
Sforza Castle inner yard, Milan
Parco Sempione, Milan

Porta Sempione

From the Sforza Castle you can go through the Simplon Park, the main city park of Milan, and reach the impressive Porta Sempione.

Porta Sempione

Porta Ticinese

Porta Ticinese is a former gate of Milan. It was first built together with the Spanish walls of the city. And around it you can find really nice restaurants.

Porta Ticinese, Milan

San Bernardino alle Ossa

San Bernardino alle Ossa is best known for its ossuary, a small side chapel decorated with numerous human skulls and bones.

San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church dedicated to Virgin Mary. It has a really nice inner yard with trees.

Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

The Patterns

The number ten on my list is not a specific landmark, but it is the attention to details the whole city has. I want to encourage you look around, up and down, left and right and discover the columns, arches, windows and patterns around the city. I find that this is one of the hidden treasures of the city and I just can't stop looking around!

Milan arches
Milan round arches
Milan windows and bikes
Milan building facade
Milan wall, trees and windows
Sforza Castle inner yard with lake, Milan
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